Showing posts from October, 2018

What Does It Even Mean To Have Dense Breasts?

If you’re someone who practices breast self-awareness (BSA)—which should be every woman—then you’re likely ahead of many women when it comes to breast cancer prevention (kudos to you!).
While BSA is a great way to become familiar with what’s normal for your breasts—their size, shape and how they feel—it can’t exactly determine breast density (even though it seems like the kind of thing you should be able to sense). The only way to really know your breast density is with a mammogram.
So does that mean that you shouldn’t worry about it until you have your first screening? Not necessarily. Even if you don’t know their density, it’s still important to know what it can mean for your breast health now, and in the future. After all, it’s estimated that over 50% of U.S. women have dense breasts.
Here’s what you need to know:
What exactly is breast density?
It describes the different kinds of tissue found in your breasts, which includes fat, connective tissue, and milk ducts and lobules that tog…

More Reasons To Enjoy Pasta This Fall + Tasty Recipes

Let’s be honest, crisp, fall weather doesn’t exactly make you want to eat salad—or anything cold for that matter. But that’s why there are other delicious food options out there, like hearty soups, flavorful pastas and gooey brownies, all of which will keep you feeling full and toasty. Is it just us or are you suddenly in the mood for something warm and chocolatey, too?
So while many fall favorites, like those listed above, have the reputation for being loaded with carbs and calories, that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Who says you can’t have scrumptious pasta that’s also healthful and nutritious? And no, we aren’t just talking about spiralized vegetable noodles.
In addition to being affordable and versatile, pasta offers a surprising number of health benefits to enjoy, including:
·Complex carbs, which help to provide sustained levels of energy ·Low levels of salt and fat, depending what sauce you put on top ·Ample fiber (found in whole-grain varieties) which supports digesti…

Cuddle-Lovers Rejoice: Here Are 6 Surprising Health Benefits

Sure, pumpkin spice lattes are tasty. And apple cider isn’t half bad. Of course enjoying football is great, too. But the truth is this season was made for cuddling. Can’t you just hear your favorite pair of sweat pants, that cozy blanket and your go-to cuddle buddy—significant other, cat/dog, or your little one—calling your name? Even if you don’t consider yourself a cuddle bug, it’s hard to resist the idea of getting close and comfy with these crisp, fall temperatures.

But it isn’t just contentment and warmth that cuddling offers—although those are great. It’s all of the mental and physical health benefits it provides, too. Now just because cuddle time can boost your overall well-being, doesn’t mean that you get to skip those routine workouts and balanced, nutritious meals. However, what it does mean is that you have yet another great reason to enjoy all the cuddles you want (all fall and winter long).

To kick off snuggle season the right way, Tik Pau, MD, a primary care provider at GM…

If You’ve Never Meditated, Here’s Exactly What You Need To Know

Do you feel yourself being pulled in a million different directions? For most of us, that’s a definite yes; which is why the practice of meditation and the technique of mindfulness have gained so much traction. After all, to reap the numerous benefits of meditation and mindfulness—lower blood pressure, decreased pain, improved function of the immune system, improved mood and brain function—all you have to do is give yourself a few minutes of quiet, to focus on the here and now. Sounds simple enough, right?
Unfortunately, though, our minds aren’t always the most cooperative. When all you want to do is clear your thoughts and focus on the present moment, it can feel impossible to stop replaying the various problems, stressors and fears in your daily life. So what’s the trick to mastering this whole meditation thing? And getting the classic lotus pose down?
Let’s start with the basics:
Aren’t mindfulness and meditation essentially the same thing?
While they’re very similar, and can help you…

5 Breast Cancer Symptoms That Aren't Lumps

Overwhelmed by the thought of breast cancer? You’re not alone. For many women just hearing the term is enough to send them straight to stress city. And for good reason. Between all of the statistics, information and news, most women are left with more questions than answers.
Do antiperspirants really increase your risk? What about dairy products? Are lumps the only noticeable symptom? If you’ve ever asked questions like these, you’re definitely not the only one. So let’s clear up some of the confusion.
While lumps and other, noticeable breast changes may be the most common and most well-known symptoms, there are other subtle symptoms that don’t involve your breasts per se. Instead, you may notice changes in unexpected places throughout your body. But keep in mind, breast cancer isn’t the only condition—or the most common condition—that may be behind these changes:
   1. Your armpits: A bump in your armpit may seem harmless enough. It’s probably just irritation from your deodorant or from…

Why Medicine Balls Are A Must-Have For Every Exerciser

When it comes to strength training exercises, most of us opt for dumbbells, barbells or resistance bands. But you may be overlooking one of the most effective pieces of equipment out there: medicine balls. That’s right; this simple, easy-to-use piece of equipment can do just about everything that dumbbells and resistance bands can, and more.
Based on the number of different exercises you can do with them, they can help with everything from improving functional movement and whole-body strengthening, to developing endurance, building muscle and increasing flexibility. The bottom line is you should definitely be using this versatile exercise tool for your next workout.  But before you start your next sweat session, here are a few things you should know about medicine balls:
They’ve been around for a very long time: While their spike in popularity is recent, their history extends as far back as 400 BC, when Hippocrates used sand-filled animal skins for medicinal purposes (hence the name medi…

If You Never Want A Joint Replacement, Remember These 7 Tips

Joint pain isn’t just common, it’s universal. In fact, it’s estimated that millions of adults—of all ages—experience joint pain each and every month. Ouch! Now before all of you under-50-year-olds start tuning out at the mention of joint replacement, there’s something you should consider: these are the most important years for your joints.
“That’s because everything you’re doing now can impact your joint health later,” explainsMary J. Albert, MD, an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Gwinnett Medical Center.Whether we’re talking about your diet and exercise or your posture and stress, all of these minor factors can take a major toll on your joints.”
So, what does this mean for you? Instead of just shrugging off that annoying joint stiffness, or complaining about pain like it’s going out of style, start protecting your joints with these expert-approved tips:
1.Remember to stretch. Despite its many benefits—improved balance, blood flow, energy and more—stretching remains an afterthought f…